Hazardous Waste Management & Disposal Training for Laboratory Personnel

Please note that EHS has postponed all in-person training courses. We are working to be able to offer safety training courses online, where available.

Registrations for EHS safety training courses in August are on hold until August 10, 2020 due to the implementation of a new course registration system. Thank you for your patience. 

  • File HWM FAQ Guide - please read if you have any questions when registering for the HWM course or exam.


Target Audience: All staff and students required to handle, store and dispose of hazardous waste must take this course.

McGill students, staff and faculty must register online (course registrations are currently on hold until August 3, 2020) You may register for the online course or attend a live training (in-person) presentation. 

Non-McGill student registrants, including visitors - please complete and submit the Paying Participant Training Form

Certification: A certificate is presented to participants who successfully complete the online exam. Certification is valid for a period of 3 years.

Cost: Free for the McGill Community (students, staff and faculty). When registering using the online registration system you will be prompted to enter a FOAPAL - no FOAPAL is required, therefore leave the field blank.

Content: Hazardous Waste Management provides a full hazardous material disposal service to the McGill community. Disposal of waste is free of charge to internal departments, provided the waste is presented in a proper manner. Due to the nature of these materials, a number of basic requirements are necessary for the HWM to process and dispose of hazardous waste safely and efficiently. This training is intended to raise awareness on proper disposal of materials in a safe, efficient and environmentally friendly manner. The training session introduces participants to 4 key elements of McGill’s Hazardous Waste Management Department: hazardous waste disposal (chemicals, biohazard, radioactive, and sharps), hazardous materials emergency response, decommissioning of laboratory areas and recycling of metals and other obsolete equipment.

Participation in Hazardous Waste Management & Disposal Training is a new requirement for all personnel working with hazardous materials at McGill.

Duration: 90-minutes (excluding online examination time)

Training is building specific – when registering, be sure to carefully read the comment section which lists all buildings that the training session is intended for. If your building is not listed, please register for the training session in the building closest to you. Additional sessions will be added on an as need basis. For Macdonald campus, the training is campus specific.

E-Certification Status: If you read "sent" in the chart below for your course date and you have not received your copy, please ehs [at] mcgill.ca (email us), along with the course date and your McGill ID.

Training Schedule

Date Time Location / Language  

Downtown Campus Locations


Summer 2020

E-Certificates Status*

(see above)

May 5 (Tuesday) by Noon Web Based e-certificates sent on June 4
June 8 (Monday) by Noon Web Based e-certificates sent on June 26
July 7 (Tuesday) by Noon Web Based Online test is accessible until July 14 evening
August 17 (Monday) by Noon Web Based Registration not open yet. Please be patient
Next: Fall 2020 semester     special request, please email ehs [at] mcgill.ca

Macdonald Campus Locations


Fall 2020

TBA 9h to 11h   Session to be announced mid-August 2020
Next: Fall 2020 semester     special request, please email ehs [at] mcgill.ca


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